Harry Falco of Dunkirk, age 91, died Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2012) at the Chautauqua County Home.
He was born in Newfield, New Jersey on March 18, 1921 to the late Alice (Dallassio) and Joseph Falco.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by the love of his life, wife Nellie (O'Connell) Falco whom he married on February 27, 1947 and who died August 3, 1985; grandson Mathew Durnwirth; brothers Joseph and Russell Falco; and sisters Caroline Falco and Eleanor Fagan.
Mr. Falco graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1938. He enlisted in the US Navy at Buffalo, N.Y. on August 8, 1942 and was honorably discharged on December 16, 1945.
He received boot camp training at Great Lakes Illinois. After training he went to rangefinder and sonar school at the Navy Unit at Lake Union, Seattle, Washington.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II from 1942 to 1945. He served on the following Navy Ships: U.S. Coucal (ASR-8) submarine and the U.S.S. President Adams (APA-19).
Mr. Falco was awarded the following medals: American Campaign, Asiat-ic Pacific Campaign, Occupation Service and the World War II Victory Medal.
He also was in the C.C.C. at Centerville, N.Y. and worked at Alco Products and Dunkirk Radiator.
After 32 years of service he retired from the Dunkirk Post Office as a letter carrier on March 3, 1984.
Mr. Falco was a life member of Dunkirk Lakeside Club and the American Legion Post #62. Also a member of the Kosciuszko Club and a 50-year member of N.A.L.C. Union Branch #150 of Dunkirk, N.Y.
He was a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Survivors include son Jerry (Sherry) Falco, daughters Michelle (Mark) Twichell, Janice Falco, and Jackie (Kim) Durnwirth. Also surviving are grandchildren Ahren Davis, Jessica and Kaelee Durnwirth, and Casey Twichell. One great-grand-son Ahren Davis Jr. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated Monday morning at 10 o'clock in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.